Sustainable Facade Solutions: GFRC for Endless Possibilities

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Rieder North America
Presented by Frank Wagenbauer and Jon Hughes

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the advantages and performance of GFRC and rainscreen systems and how the material contributes to the safety of buildings.
  2. Explain sustainable facts about GFRC facades and rainscreen systems and show how they contribute to the energy revolution and environmental protection.
  3. Explain the importance of proper design, numerous possibilities and holistic solutions for building envelopes.
  4. Present different GFRC products, new colours, textures and product innovations.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

The development of glassfibre reinforced concrete was inspired by Rieder's vision of a concrete cladding panel that is both stable and lightweight. The aesthetic panels with only 13 mm thickness in various colours, surfaces and shapes give architects plenty of scope in the design of individual facades. Glassfibre reinforced concrete is non-combustible an made of mineral-based raw materials, giving the panels their unique characteristics.

These rain screen facade panels exist to cover buildings like a skin made of extruded concrete – opening entirely new possibilities for modern ventilated wall designs with long-term durability.

R2R – “Render to Realisation” – describes Rieder’s integrative approach for developing a holistic solution for building envelopes and includes optional services like facade optimisation, fastening methods and mock-ups.

This course presents the advantages and high performance of Rieder's glassfibre reinforced concrete cladding. The different products, various design possibilities, solutions and sustainable facts will be discussed.

Sustainable Facade

Photo courtesy of Rieder Group / Ditz Fejer


Frank Wagenbauer is a qualified Austrian sales director, who restructured sales teams and improved overall sales in various European companies. He joined Rieder in 2017 and is responsible for project management and first class customer experiences all over the world. As a graduate of the Vienna University of Economics, Frank Wagenbauer lives with his family in Vienna.


JR has been working for "Hughes Group" as an independent manufacturer's agent since 1998. He heads up the exterior facade's division for the Midwest Territory. In 2014 he Co- founded "Centerline Architectural Supply". A complete fabrication and distribution company for Rain-Screen Systems.


Rieder North America Rieder North America is a fully owned subsidiary by Rieder and includes in-house fabrication facilities, a large warehouse, offices and training rooms. Rieder has also build up its own customer support organization that will provide the services of estimating, shop drawings, project management and customer care.


Originally published in December 2020